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Unlocking the Bankes Archive

Simon Wills explores a project to digitise an important archive that could be a goldmine for family historians, with ancestors’ names recorded in everything from title deeds to beach hut licences

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An illustration of Kingston Hall, home of the Bankes family, drawn by Sir Roger Pratt in 1663
Explore the Unlocking the Bankes Archive website at https://dcc.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/bankes-archive
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Welcome to the Christmas issue of Family Tree – we’ve got festive family history treats galore in store for you. Dive into our delicious feast of digitised documents – rare historic collections for you to enjoy browsing and researching on your device. Enjoy some genealogy jollies: a family history crossword, quiz and memories of Christmas traditions from centuries past. And last but not least, this issue sees the launch of the Family Tree Academy – this is your opportunity to hone your family history skills. In part 1, this issue, we’ve got documents for you to decipher, old handwriting for you to transcribe and a research case study for you to pit your wits against. Join in with our learning experience today to become a better family historian!
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